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The Mermaid Trials

(The Mermaid Trials #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  83 reviews
Losing is dangerous. Winning means everything.
Katriana has been waiting for this moment her entire life.

Once a century, the Royals hold the Trials. Every Mer of a certain age must participate. The contests are brutal. Survival is not guaranteed. But for the victors, the prize is unimaginable.

They are allowed to walk on land.

She is forced to work for her evil step
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published February 22nd 2018 (first published February 16th 2018)
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This was a really fun and great start of a new series. Cinderella meets the little mermaid and the hunger games. Add in a lot of awesome imagination from the author that filled in the blanks perfectly and you have yourself a really enthralling and exciting book to read. MEET the mermaid trials by Cameron Drake!!

It was a really intriguing and thrilling read from beginning until the end. The world is so exciting to read about. I love that each of the merman and mermaids have animal familiars and T
Wenda Dohmen
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very nice book.
Mermaids meets Cinderella meets ‘ the hunger games’
I’ve enjoyed this book very much and I’m looking forward to the next book 📚
books are love
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Received in exchange for a honest review.

Cameron Drake has written a very imaginative and highly entertaining twist to the Cinderella fairy tale concept with a bit of a Hunger games style trial going on.

Here we are in the world of mermaids and merman. We have a royal family, and different families of mermaids.

Katriana’s dad was a royal messenger before he died leaving her in the hands of her stepmother and stepsister. A stepmother who had money but didn’t want her around. So Kariana was delegate
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, if you like things like "THE Little Mermaid" and "Cinderella" and "The Goblet of Fire" and "The Hunger Games" you'll love this book. I can't wait to see how the story continues.

Tri has lost her father at a young age and her stepmother has treated her as a servant ever since. She has been waiting for the Trials to begin so that she can leave her stepmother and half-sister behind. The Trials are one way to change your status, were a servant can become an elite member of the royal court
Maria Mejia
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I didnt know what to expect out of this story. At first, I thought maybe a 3 star read at the most. And the beginning seemed a little bit slow. And not as good as other books. But omg!!! It hit you so quick! Things went by quickly but not so quickly that it felt rushed. There was so much drama! I loved this story. The aspect, the descriptions, and the MC was amazing. She was awesome..and while she fell quickly for the guy, she still stayed true to herself and didn't tell his mother that sh ...more
April Alfaro
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Need part 2 please !!!!!

This story was such a rush! I cannot believe how fast I went through it I almost wish I hadn’t because I don’t know when he next book will release .
The story between Tri and Dane is crazy good . It’s a packed adventure that will take you for a ride! If you haven’t grabbed this yet you should get it , you won’t regret it!
Happy reading everyone 😊
Laura  Hernandez (TheVoluptuousBkDiva/YABkDivas)
Let me just say that I did not like this book at all... I LOVED IT!! Tri is definitely my type of mergal; she knows what she wants and doesn't let her circumstances get in the way. She's strong and loyal and simply an outstanding female lead in this beautiful aquatic creation. Cameron Drake's version of The Little Mermaid and Cinderella is beautifully written with stunning characters and world building that kept me completely under water until the end. I seriously did not want to come up for air ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
I really liked this book by Cameron Drake about one mermaid's trials and tribulations to overcome everything in her life to achieve her ultimate dreams and desires. The characters were identifiable, with many you rooted for hoping for their success; and many you rooted against, hoping for their failure. It was also a low-key slow developing love story about friends, family, and mates, and what really matters in life, regardless of their social standing or lack thereof. This is a somewhat late vo ...more
Elysian Fields
Feb 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
What a refreshing, fun, sweet, and safe story!! This was filled with original ideas, fun new views and one amazing world.

Tri is a young mer-woman (think The Little Mermaid), serving her mean stepmother and half-sister, after her father's disappearance (Cinderella). She works hard and has a huge heart.

Every 100 mer-years a Trial is held for all young mer-people to decide who becomes the upper elite and the Spark. The Spark gets to walk on land. Tri wants this so bad, just to get out if the live
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a cross between Cinderella and the Hunger Games. It’s about the underwater world of mermaids and mermen who are forced by their laws to participate in some events (trials) to see who is worthy to work with the Royals and who may work to visit and study the “two-leggeds” on land. The trials are very dangerous even, and it’s entirely possible for a mer to die during them. After Tri’s father, a royal messenger, died when she was a child, she is left with a hateful stepmother, and a ste ...more
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
The book was an easy read that felt light despite the trials Katriana, the heroine, faced. The story had elements of Cinderella and loose similarities to the Little Mermaid. The evil stepmother and horrible half-sister was Katrina's motivation to work hard and win the Trials.mShe also wanted to please her father, who she presumed dead since he never returned from his last mission.

Katrina makes a few friends during the Trials with her shark, Beazil, nappng nearby. I smiled while reading parts of
Emily Pennington
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This book has a little bit of many familiar stories that makes it feel like you’re already familiar and comfortable with the story line. It was an interesting book to immerse yourself into, letting the reader see the difficulty of a determined mermaid's arduous task in overcoming all obstacles in her path to achieve her ultimate dreams through a brutal contest. It was actually very inspiring.

The characters’ natures were revealed by their actions and the reader could relate to them accordingly,
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Creative twist on classic tales!

I've read many wonderful YA mermaid tales and tried to read a great many more that didn't quite capture the magic as they should, but this story by far proved wonderfully entertaining. With a bit of a cinderella story thrown in with a tenacious and kind-hearted mermaid and a lethal contest, this book blended some of our favorite fairytales and yet managed to come off wholly fresh and delightfully creative. The daily mannerisms and sayings that really emphasize the
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Mermaid Trials by Cameron Drake is a 5 star read.
Katrina is the daughter of a royal messenger and has dreams of being a Spark, a mermaid who is able to walk on land, but her father died when she was 5 leaving her with her pregnant step-mother, she’s forced into the life of a servant in her step-mother’s home. When she is old enough Katrina takes part in the Mermaid trials, where mermaids of age compete in trials to see which job they can get, Katrina already knows she has to win to gain her
Barbara ★
I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Hidden Gems in exchange for an honest review.

I greatly enjoyed Katriana's trials and tribulations in life and in the Mermaid Trials themselves. As an orphan, Katriana (or Tri as she is called) is a servant in her step-mother's home a la Cinderella. Tri has been looking forward to her chance to compete in the trials (think Hunger Games but not as violent) and get out from under her step-family's thumb. Tri is a nice, humble girl who, while wanti
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this story through Hidden Gems and this is my honest and voluntary review.
I wasn't quite sure about this one based on the description, but I don't see a lot of books with mermaids so I figured it was worth a chance. Once I started reading this though, I couldn't put it down! Tri is almost like a cross between the little mermaid, Cinderella, and Katniss. She was left orphaned and in the "care" of her stepmother after her father died, of course her stepmother then forced her t
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The concept of Cindrella seamlessly woven into the world of mermaids & mermen presents a beautiful tale of magic & love.

Tri with her friends & familiar sets out to win the mer trials that will release her from stepmother's servitude.

Full of sheer grit, courage but most of all full of heart & empathy this is more than just a story of Cinderella finding a way to improve her life.

This is a story of a girl who inspite of having zero materialistic wealth is ready to give up her her dreams for her fr
Melody Spencer
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-ebooks
This mermaid tale starts out with an evil step-mother and sisters situation reminiscent of Cinderella leading into a Hunger Games type of trials and becomes so much more! The interesting elements brought into the story throughout really brings it to life. The author has clearly taken the time to explore what life is really like underwater, even including what happens when you cry, the world created here is truly beautiful. The characters are well developed along the way so you become invested in ...more
Whitney Cannavina
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc for an honest review
Review by Country Gals Book Blog

This is a mermaid tail stick between Cinderella, Divergent/Hunger games. It was definitely different in though yet similar in other aspects of past well known stories.

Katriana is a Mer needing to win the trials in order to get out from under her evil step moms thumb. She will do whatever it takes to do it. But she meets unlikely friends along the way as they team up to win and protect each other. With twist and turns, and u
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you like Mermaids......

This is a great story about Mermaids that tells the story in a very different way. This give you a different view as to how Mere age at a slower rates than normal humans. How when you lose both your partners and your step-mom and half-sister treat you like a servant. Only you find a way to over come your issues and end up having one of the Royals fall in love with you. Except you don't know who he really is until much later with a total shock. If you love Mermaids and a
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in this new series and I LOVED it! Combining elements of Cinderella, the Little Mermaid and then a whole new book (sorry, had to go there!!), it's a great story, full of drama, tension, friendship, a touch of romance, a tiny bit of magic and a whole lot of mermaid storytelling. I found the references to human words and beliefs funny (though at the beginning I was a little confused by the misspellings!) and wish I could meet Beazil and give him a belly rub! Can't wait to re ...more
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was pretty disappointed. It sounded really good, I just couldn't connect to the story. I ended up skimming through most of it. Really liked the Cinderella meets The Hunger Game with mermaids twist in it. I felt like there was more to some parts of it. It felt to me the ones that knew her father and watched her back during some of the trials did it for a reason.
And five seconds after meeting Dane I knew exactly who he was. Didn't care for the insta love, at least not on his part. Or how his mo
Cassi Sanchez-Manning
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh em gee! I cannot wait for book #2!!! This was very much a Cinderella retelling in my opinion. Tri was “orphaned” at a young age and forced to serve her step mother and sister....she entered the Trials and meets Dane and Starla who quickly become her best and only friends. There are quick feelings between between Tri and Dane much to the chagrin of the other female Mers. In order to not ruin this for others I will stop there!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily
Elizabeth McDaniel
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a fun and exciting view of merpeople. Katriana was forced to become a servant in her home when her father passed away. Her stepmother was expecting a child. Her half sister was raised like royalty. Katriana scrapped for everything she had. She had to enter the trials and met Dane and Starla along with some other mer. The trials were brutal for them as individuals, as teams and for their familiars. But Katriana was determined to make it through on top a help those that she loved.

I receiv
A. L.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the little mermaid meets Hunger Games meets cinderella meets Divergent Series. I really loved this book, it was one of a kind with a bit for everybody. I won't give anything away so this is a spoiler free review. But for Katarina, the mermaid trials is everything, a chance to escape and the opportunity of a lifetime. The author truly wrote an amazing story that takes you on a ride of a lifetime

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Mindy McCray
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I Absolutely adore Cameron Drake's books! They aren't something I would normally read but Cameron is an amazing author who pulls you in anyway. With that being said, The Mermaid Trials is the first mermaid book I have read and I wasn't disappointed. Honestly, I struggled in the very beginning but quickly turned into a book I couldn't put down! I LOVED Katrina, Starla and Dane! I hope to see them again in the future!! ...more
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

The Mermaid Trails is the first story I have read from Cameron Drake, and it will certainly not be the last. This story reminded me of some of my favorite books. The Little Mermaid as Cinderella just trying to survive the Hunger Games in the Wizarding World. It was unique, although a bit predictable. I can hardly wait for book number 2. Now all I need is for this to be in hard back so I can put it on my bookshelves!
Debbie Briggs
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Mermaid Trials was a fun read. A little bit of Cinderella meets a little bit of The Little Mermaid blended with a little bit of Hunger Games/Divergent/The Testing. Tri is a very likable character and I found myself rooting for her throughout the entire novel. Her 'human' words were really cute. Dane was the perfect mix of handsome, compassionate, and sulking. I think Beazil stole my heart though. ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book from the moment I cracked it. until the moment I ran out of words. This was Hunger Games, meets Cinderella, meets The Little Mermaid and it does not disappoint. I love all things Mermaid related, and this was definitely a new spin. Just the right amount of action to dialogue. Great character development, and fun too! I really needed this fast-paced ride to break up my mundane world a little. I will absolutely be seeking out more books by Cameron Drake.
Sarah Fox
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